Christopher McDougall, the author of the acclaimed "Born to Run" and "Natural Born Heroes," will make a stop in Greensboro this fall to promote his new book, "Running with Sherman: The Donkey with the Heart of a Hero."
"Running with Sherman," being published by Knopf, is due out Oct. 15. McDougall will visit Scuppernong Books, 304 S. Elm St., at 7 p.m. Nov. 8. Authors typically read from and discuss their work, take questions and sign copies.
Lock your fridges, Greensboro. I'll be there and I'll be hungry. https://t.co/w1HRBcx3Bq— ChristopherMcDougall (@ChrisMcDougall) September 11, 2019
From the Penguin Random House site:
"A heartwarming story about training a rescue donkey to run one of the most challenging races in America.
"When Chris McDougall agreed to take in a donkey from an animal hoarder, he thought it would be no harder than the rest of the adjustments he and his family had made after moving from Philadelphia to the heart of Pennsylvania Amish country. But when he arrived, Sherman was in such bad shape he could barely move, and his hair was coming out in clumps. Chris decided to undertake a radical rehabilitation program designed not only to heal Sherman’s body but to heal his mind as well. It turns out the best way to soothe a donkey is to give it a job, and so Chris decided to teach Sherman how to run. He’d heard about burro racing–a unique type of race where humans and donkeys run together in a call-back to mining days–and decided he and Sherman would enter the World Championship in Colorado.
"Easier said than done. In the course of Sherman’s training, Chris would have to recruit several other runners, both human and equine, and call upon the wisdom of burro racers, goat farmers, Amish running club members, and a group of irrepressible female long-haul truckers. Along the way, he shows us the life-changing power of animals, nature, and community."
McDougall wrote about Sherman for the New York Times in 2017; you'll want to click here to read.
Greensboro will be the first of a handful of North Carolina destinations for McDougall. He will visit Pittsboro and Chapel Hill on Nov. 9, Charlotte on Nov. 10 and Raleigh on Nov. 14.